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New month, new season! Does your morning schedule need a reboot?

The most important thing you can do is be realistic with what can actually happen, then architect for the rest. Forget the idea that you’re going to get up at 5 AM, do all your laundry, write an amazing book and have a hot breakfast waiting for your family. If that was your jam, you’d already be doing it!

Here are 6 ideas to get your morning going:

Keep an eye on the big picture. Use your monthly Fall calendar to create activity placeholders (Monday/Wednesday/Friday for exercise, Tuesday/Thursday for reading or meditation, Friday for sleeping in or breakfast out). Make “Write it down, make it happen” your mantra!

Create a home for things. My life shifted when I made my garage a version of my kitchen. I had a handyman put peg board on the walls, and now the lawn gear goes into its home after each use. Likewise, putting away book bags, coats and the mail away is easy if they have a home. Start with a simple project like this homework caddy. It will get your kids’ supplies cleaned off the kitchen room table every night.

Plan for tomorrow. If you’re like me, it’s all over once I hit the couch. (See you later, good intentions!) Before I relax, I empty trash out of my tote and re-load it for the next day. If planning for tomorrow as soon as you walk in is tough, make it part of your pre-bedtime routine.

Build in 10 minutes extra. Emergencies happen. Your alarm doesn’t go off. You get toothpaste on your shirt. (Maybe that’s just me.) The point is that rushing can throw your whole day off. Make grace part of your start.

Keep customization to a minimum. I eat the same breakfast on work days, then mix it up on the weekend. Different breakfasts for everyone, especially if you’re the one doing the cooking, take time. Make your weekdays as simple and automatic as you can.

Time shifting makes a no guilt zone. You didn’t throw in that load of laundry or unload the dishwasher? Have no fear – they’re not going anywhere! Don’t put yourself down for what you didn’t get done, just time shift it to the evening or the next morning.

Give yourself the gift of a positive, relaxed start. And always remember – it’s a good day to have a good day!

Enjoy!